Review: Einar Olav Larsen Trio - Lysblåin
|Artist:||Einar Olav Larsen Trio|
|Date of Release:||2011/04|
|Country of Release:||NO|
|Genre/s:||World | Norwegian|
|Date of Review:||2012/10/26|
The Einar Olav Larsen Trio's Lysblåin was released in April 2011 on the Norwegian Etnisk Musikklubb label.
The album is sometimes described as instrumental 'folk' music. Hang on a minute. Surely not? Traditional dance music with its roots in the late 19th century, that I could probably go along with, but authentic Norwegian folk this certainly is not. Upon first hearing Lysblåin, my first and overwhelming impression was, middle European dance music of the late 19th/early 20th century, and somehow this seems to fit best, with its predominantly waltzes and polkas. Old-fashioned, certainly, perhaps best suited for the (well) over-nineties, one might think.
But hold on! For all that, Lysblåin is actually quite an interesting album once you really get into it. It is actually very much a mix of the old and the new. These are mostly older tunes, actually dating mostly from the 20th century, it is true, and there is the fiddling of Larsen that seems a blend of traditional Norwegian fiddle style and swing. There is also the often somewhat bluesy piano of Daniel Trustrup Røssing. All in all, with the addition of the younger Larsen brother, Audun, on bass, the trio manage to come up with something that can be surprisingly new and fresh once you get past first impressions.
The material mainly focuses on the work of 20th century Norwegian fiddle/piano duo Hilmar Alexandersen and Sturle Hallas. However, the Larsen Trio bring it into a more modern idiom of their own.
If it is authentic Norwegian folk or purely traditional Norwegian fiddling that you are after, Lysblåin is clearly not for you and you will have to look elsewhere. But if you are inclined to take an interest in traditional Norwegian dance music with a modern twist, then you have to give this album a try!
The playing is as consistently superb as the album is consistent throughout. And compelling Lysblåin certainly proves once you overcome initial impressions and prejudices, with its somewhat old-worldy charm.
The Einar Olav Larsen Trio's Lysblåin clearly will not suit everybody - but what does? I can only recommend you give it a go, it really grows on you with repeated listens.
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Credits:Einar Olav Larsen - violin
Daniel Trustrup Røssing - piano
Audun Larsen - bass
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